Set high in the Andes, the Inca city of Machu Picchu provides a stunning insight into what was once one of the most powerful, advanced civilisations on the planet. Visitors can wander among the ruins, pondering the use of the ancient buildings and enjoying panoramic views across the surrounding countryside. Close to Machu Picchu is the Sacred Valley, which once formed the centre of the Inca Empire. Today, fascinating archaeological remains at Cusco and the chance to visit local Spanish colonial towns make this one of the most compelling Peruvian destinations. Further ruins and remains from the Incas can be found at Moray, Qorikandcha, Huayna Picchu and Coquequirao archaeological park.
For the more adventurous, pony trekking is a popular way of exploring the spectacular Andean mountain range. If you prefer to stay in the lowlands, the eastern coastline has some breathtaking beaches as well as plenty of opportunities to get active with anything from snorkelling to sandboarding. Why not visit the sea lions at Palomino Islands, or take a bike tour through the quaint streets of Miraflores, Barranco and Huaca Pucllana?
Lima, Peru’s capital, blends a Colonial centre with all the hustle and bustle you would expect from a modern metropolis.